Allow baking soda to rest on your clothing for a few hours before washing. I usually flip my garments inside out, lay them on the floor on a towel, and sprinkle baking soda over both sides. When it's time to wash the clothes, you may leave the powder on. The acid in vinegar will remove the soda from your garment.
You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 9 parts water as a laundry detergent. This is about as gentle as soap can be while cleaning clothes. Peroxide is toxic and should be treated carefully. It's best not to pour it down the drain unless you want it gone for good.
Finally, you can use chlorine bleach as a laundry detergent. Be careful not to let the concentration get too high or you might end up with a dangerous substance in your home. Chlorine bleach is effective at getting rid of bacteria that can cause odor and disease. It has a very low pH so it's not recommended for fabrics such as wool and silk that can't withstand much abrasion.
All things considered, using baking soda is a great option for cleaning clothes that you don't want to destroy. It's cheap, easy to find, and won't harm your clothes any more than regular household cleaners.
Fill the washing machine with one small package of baking soda (about one cup). Soak the clothing in water overnight. When it's convenient, agitate the machine for a few minutes while it's soaking. As usual, launder. The baking soda will help clean any stains from oil or fuel.
Laundry borax or baking soda can be used. If you don't have any detergent, try one cup of borax or baking soda per typical load. Because of the action of the cleaning chemicals, water, and agitation from the washer, the clothing will be cleaner than you expect. Borax is available in drugstores and grocery stores in the laundry aisle. Baking soda can be found in most kitchens in a small box next to the yeast. You can also buy laundry pods that contain both borax and baking soda.
There are several things to keep in mind when washing clothes with borax: don't wear leather shoes; avoid silk, rayon, and wool fabrics because they will smell like ammonia; and use cold water only (not hot). The chemical reaction that occurs when water meets borax removes stains and smells bad enough to drive most people crazy.
Clothes that aren't washed properly may need to be dry-cleaned or sent out for professional cleaning. It's best to avoid risks with your clothing. Borax is easy to use and won't cause damage to your clothes.
If you plan to wash clothes without detergent again, add 1/4 teaspoon of borax for each load of laundry. Borax is effective on many substances including oil, coffee, tea, and red wine. It removes pet stains from carpets too.
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Borax is an ingredient in many homemade cleaners and products. It's also used as a flux agent in ceramics and glass painting. It can be found near ovens in grocery stores. Make sure that you don't eat it though - it's poisonous if ingested.
The beauty of borax is its low cost and its easy availability. It's not harmful and doesn't require special storage conditions. All things considered, it's a great substitute for laundry detergent.
Of course, washing clothes with borax isn't recommended unless you want to end up with some really dirty clothes. It won't remove stains from clothes and it will only make them harder to get out later. Also, be careful not to let children play with borax because they might put it in their mouths. Although it is not toxic, it can cause irritation to the stomach cavity if consumed.
Using too much borax can be dangerous too.